Bus port move part of shake-up
Buses heading from Albany to Perth will set off from a new bus port from next year if a proposed move gets council approval this month.
As part of a multi-organisation shake-up to be considered at the July 24 council meeting, if approved, Transwa would move from its railway station site to a yet-to-be-developed lot on the other side of Proudlove Parade within 12 months.
If it goes ahead, it is likely UWA’s Wave Energy Research Centre will lease the railway station site.
The move appears to be an attempt by the City of Albany to honour an agreement with LandCorp, which sold the land to the City in 2015 on the condition that it develop it by late 2018.
That deadline was extended last year when it became clear the agreement would not be honoured.
At the July 10 Community and Corporate Services Committee meeting, Cr Emma Doughty raised concerns that developing the new block would increase bus traffic in the area, but City executive director Michael Cole said he was confident Transwa would ensure that was not an issue.
The City of Albany has proposed to spend $65,000 to turn half of the block into a carpark.